Nursing Career Opportunities
Your nursing degree from Cedar Crest College gives you the foundation to pursue an advanced degree and specialize in a number of areas, including specialization as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife and other paths. Nurses also enter the fields of quality assurance, communications, product management and marketing/sales.
Employment opportunities for an RN are many and varied. A bachelor’s degree is preferred, if not required, for most of them, and some require a graduate degree.
Staff nursing— For a hospital, physician office, rehab center, hospice or psychiatric facility. Specialties include medical/surgical, labor and delivery, pediatrics, emergency, operating room and critical care.
Community nursing— For a public health department or agency, hospital outpatient department, home health service, day care center and mental health center.
Long-term care nursing— For a rehab center, nursing home, retirement facility and residential day care.
Government nursing— For the armed services, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service and Peace Corps/VISTA.
Nursing education— For a teaching hospital, wellness center, vocational program, or for a college or university (with an advanced nursing degree).
Nursing research— For a teaching hospital or national organization, or for a college or university (with an advanced degree).
International nursing— For a military base, government agency, private organization, international business, and church-related mission service.
Independent nursing— As a self-employed practitioner with a physician group, HMO, public health agency, and industry.